Minerals and Vitamins to Keep Cavities and Tooth Decay at Bay

December 31, 2017| by Selvia R.

We all know the benefits of proper oral and dental hygiene. Brushing your teeth, flossing, mouthwash use, as well as, regular dentist visits should always be included. Here are some minerals and vitamins that should be considered added to your diet for a beautiful, white, healthy smile.

Vitamin A (carotene)

It is essential to keep an adequate saliva supply by promoting saliva production, which keeps your mouth clean. It is known to prevent dry mouth and oral cancer as well as protecting your cheeks and gums from diseases and helping your mouth heal quicker.

Sources for this vitamin are beef liver, fish, egg yolks, spinach, kale, melon, sweet potato, carrots and other orange fruits and vegetables.

Vitamin B: B2, B3, B6, B12 and folic acid

Want to get rid of those painful canker sores? Start including more vitamin B12 and B2 in your diet. B3 Vitamin helps you fight against bad breath, mouth sores and gum bleeding. Include spinach, pasta, rice, yogurt, nuts and beans, fish, salmon, chicken, dairy products and legumes in your diet.

Vitamin C

Helps your teeth stay strong by keeping the tissues that hold them together preventing your teeth from loosening. It also combats gum bleeding and disease.

Citrus fruits, potatoes, cantaloupes, bell peppers, strawberries and leafy greens should be included in your diet.

Vitamin D

Should be taken with foods that have high calcium content since it is responsible for the absorption of this mineral. It keeps both your teeh and jaw bones strong. You will find it in dairy products such as milk, eggs, cereal, but most importantly soak up in the sun for 15 minutes. That will give you the right amount of Vitamin D to absorb all the calcium your body needs.

Vitamin E

An important anti-inflammatory and antioxidant agent, will help prevent any dental disease. Helps against white plate formation in your tongue, gums and mouth and is known to prevent oral cancer. Look for vegetable oils, nuts, and wheat germ for your diet.

Vitamin K

One of the most important vitamins for your teeth. Makes your bones and teeth stay strong. Recent studies have found that it cannot only be a shield against cavities by reducing the number of bacteria, but it can somehow reverse the effects made by them as well by causing dentin to grow and re-mineralize. You can find it in leafy greens like spinach, collards, kale, broccoli, brussel sprouts and parsley.

Calcium

This mineral helps your teeth and jaw strong since it is its main component. It helps build bones, and harden your enamel. What should you eat? Dairy products like milk, cheese, and yogurt. Include broccoli, salmon, seafood, and other dark green leafy vegetables.

Fluoride

Cavity and tooth decay can be prevented with the right amount of fluoride. It also will help heal and repair your enamel. Most water supplies include this nutrient, and there are certain brands of water and beverages that include it. Make sure you eat sardines and black tea to have enough of it in your day-to-day eating plan.

Iodine

Necessary for development of teeth and bones. Plays an important role in keeping your thyroid hormones in control and helps as well in calcium absorption. Include iodized salt, shellfish, seaweed, squash, and sesame seeds.

Iron

Important mineral that combats oral cancer. Prevents mouth sores and tongue inflammation. A decrease of this mineral in your diet might make you vulnerable to bacteria and mouth infections.

Sources of this mineral are liver, red meat, seafood, cereals, green leafy vegetables and beans.

References:

  • https://www.drvaksman.com/vitamins-and-minerals-for-oral-health/

  • https://www.deltadentalins.com/oral_health/vitamins-and-minerals.html

  • https://www.123dentist.com/important-minerals-and-vitamins-for-your-oral-health

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